Joint statement on Kashmir dispute by British MPs ‘big breakthrough for Pakistan’, says Qureshi

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Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that adoption of a joint statement on the Kashmir dispute by members of the British parliament is a ‘big breakthrough for Pakistan’, reported The Dawn. 

“Today is a great success for Pakistan in which the voice of the oppressed people of Indian occupied Kashmir has also been heard,” he said while addressing a press conference at the Pakistan High Commission.

He said that participation of members of the cross-party Senate Foreign Relations Committee demonstrated that all political parties of Pakistan were on the same page with regard to the Kashmir dispute.

Qureshi also said that ‘India tried its best to stop’ the holding of Kashmir solidarity conference in the British parliament, but did not succeed.

He announced that a similar conference would also be held at the European Parliament in Brussels to highlight the plight of Kashmiri people.

Addressing the media after the international conference on Kashmir in London, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi thanked members of the British Parliament for tabling a joint resolution on the Kashmir issue — a development he termed as “massive”.

Meanwhile, India had raised objections with the United Kingdom for allowing Pakistan to use their Parliament as a ‘stage’ for a Kashmir Conference.

Earlier, President of Pakistan Arif Alvi had said that instead of ‘justifying terrorism against innocent citizens by pushing a ‘false narrative of killings militants’, Indian Government should uphold the rights of the Kahsmiri people.

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